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Bogdanovic has season-high 35 points, Pacers top Wolves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players - and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns' fast start.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points and Pacers beat the Timberwolves 122-115 on Thursday night. Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter.

Indiana played without Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), and Tyreke Evans (food poisoning).

''All we need is (who) we've got in this (locker) room,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''We've been adapting, really, all season long with guys being out. Losing Victor early in the season, losing him later in the season for the year ... Our coaches do a good job of keeping guys ready to play, and they've been able to step in win games. We're still trying to establish who we are.''

With the game tied at 107 with less than four minutes remaining, Bogdanovic drove for the go-ahead layup. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins then missed two free throws on the next possession, and Bogdanovic extended the Pacers lead on the other end of the floor with a wide-open 3-pointer. The Pacers closed with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.

''It shows how resilient we are, how strong we are mentally,'' Bogdanovic said. ''We were short-handed without Domantas, then our big (men) early on get into foul trouble. But we did a great job at the beginning of the second quarter. Again, great effort, great team defense.''

TJ Leaf added a career-high 18 points for Indiana. The Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 64-60 at halftime.

''It's rough. I mean, it's not easy to win in the NBA. And we didn't do the things we needed to do to win and execute in the end,'' Towns said. ''We just got to be better on the defensive end. We had too many miscues and it cost us.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Towns had his 52nd 30-plus point game and the 15th of the season. He has had 30 or more in three straight games. ... Minnesota is 4-23 when trailing after three quarters, and 41-12 when leading or tied after three.

Pacers: Indiana is 9-3 on the second night of a back-to-back and 7-0 when the second game is at home. ... Myles Turner has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last eight games.

NEXT UP

Timberwolves: At Washington on Sunday night.

Pacers: Hosts Orlando on Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
B. Bogdanovic
44 SF
31.8 Min. Per Game 31.8
17.1 Pts. Per Game 17.1
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
51.8 Field Goal % 49.9
51.7 Three Point % 49.7
83.0 Free Throw % 81.7
+ 2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns 0:01
  Jeff Teague missed jump shot 0:04
+ 1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
  Personal foul on Anthony Tolliver 0:16
  Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:16
  Full timeout called 0:22
+ 1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Darren Collison made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns 0:22
  Full timeout called 0:32
Team Stats
Points 115 122
Field Goals 42-89 (47.2%) 40-84 (47.6%)
3-Pointers 8-26 (30.8%) 16-27 (59.3%)
Free Throws 23-34 (67.6%) 26-31 (83.9%)
Total Rebounds 67 40
Offensive 22 8
Defensive 35 26
Team 10 6
Assists 16 35
Steals 5 9
Blocks 7 11
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 2 3
42 PTS, 17 REB, 4 AST
37 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 29-33 35253025115
home team logo Pacers 41-22 26382830122
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 29-33 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 41-22 91.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 20.8 APG
Key Players
K. Towns C PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Bogdanovic SF 18.0 PPG 5.8 RPG 2.8 APG 39.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 42 PTS 17 REB 4 AST
B. Bogdanovic SF 37 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
47.2 FG% 47.6
30.8 3PT FG% 59.3
67.6 FT% 83.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 42 17 4 15/29 3/8 9/13 5 34 0 0 4 6 11 -4 63
J. Teague 13 6 5 4/9 0/0 5/7 5 28 1 1 5 4 2 -10 26
A. Wiggins 11 6 1 4/14 0/3 3/5 3 37 0 2 2 2 4 -7 19
D. Saric 7 8 0 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 21 0 1 2 5 3 -10 14
J. Okogie 3 4 2 1/4 0/1 1/2 2 25 1 1 0 2 2 +5 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 42 17 4 15/29 3/8 9/13 5 34 0 0 4 6 11 -4 63
J. Teague 13 6 5 4/9 0/0 5/7 5 28 1 1 5 4 2 -10 26
A. Wiggins 11 6 1 4/14 0/3 3/5 3 37 0 2 2 2 4 -7 19
D. Saric 7 8 0 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 21 0 1 2 5 3 -10 14
J. Okogie 3 4 2 1/4 0/1 1/2 2 25 1 1 0 2 2 +5 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Tolliver 13 1 0 4/9 4/8 1/1 3 20 0 0 1 0 1 -2 13
T. Gibson 12 9 1 4/6 0/0 4/6 4 20 2 1 2 3 6 +2 24
D. Rose 10 1 0 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 23 0 1 0 0 1 -13 12
T. Jones 2 3 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 3 +4 11
K. Bates-Diop 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 10 1 0 0 0 2 0 5
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Dieng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Reynolds - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 57 16 42/89 8/26 23/34 24 235 5 7 16 22 35 -35 200
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 37 7 4 13/22 4/7 7/9 1 29 0 0 1 2 5 +17 51
T. Young 15 5 5 5/9 3/5 2/4 6 29 3 0 0 2 3 -6 33
W. Matthews 12 1 2 3/9 3/6 3/3 1 34 2 0 2 0 1 +6 17
D. Collison 8 7 9 1/9 0/0 6/6 2 28 1 1 2 3 4 +9 33
M. Turner 3 1 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 5 23 1 6 1 0 1 +4 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 37 7 4 13/22 4/7 7/9 1 29 0 0 1 2 5 +17 51
T. Young 15 5 5 5/9 3/5 2/4 6 29 3 0 0 2 3 -6 33
W. Matthews 12 1 2 3/9 3/6 3/3 1 34 2 0 2 0 1 +6 17
D. Collison 8 7 9 1/9 0/0 6/6 2 28 1 1 2 3 4 +9 33
M. Turner 3 1 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 5 23 1 6 1 0 1 +4 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Leaf 18 3 0 7/12 1/1 3/3 2 21 1 1 0 0 3 0 23
K. O'Quinn 10 2 0 4/6 0/0 2/3 4 14 0 1 1 0 2 0 12
D. McDermott 9 2 1 2/3 2/2 3/3 0 15 0 0 2 0 2 -4 11
C. Joseph 8 5 12 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 29 1 2 0 1 4 +8 40
A. Holiday 2 1 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 2 0 1 +1 5
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sabonis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 34 35 40/84 16/27 26/31 21 236 9 11 11 8 26 +35 235